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Recipe: Cheesy Grits with Apple & Ham

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 15th, 2015 | Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
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grits-for-breakfastWhen I think of Christmas morning breakfast, I usually think of items that can be made or prepped the night before so that they are ready for early rising children and the excitement of present opening. However, that isn’t always the case at our house. With a blended family, some years on the 25th of December our kids are at their other parents’ homes. For us, our real Christmas may be celebrated on a different date.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that my husband and I don’t acknowledge the calendar Christmas. We usually exchange a single gift and spend the day with family. Even though we will have a special breakfast with our family on our Christmas, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a special breakfast on the 25th also.

I think dish is perfect for a day without the hustle and bustle of kids. Although all of ours are teens who probably won’t be downstairs before 9:00, they still will be excited for stockings and presents by the tree. For that day, I will have a tray of muffins ready. On a Christmas day that it is just my husband and me, a breakfast that requires some time at the stove while sipping a cup of coffee will be just fine.

Cheesy Grits with Apples and Ham
Serves 3
A hearty combination of salty and sweet to begin the day!


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 cups whole milk
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 cup quick grits
  4. 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  5. 1/2 Tb. butter
  6. 1 apple, peeled & diced
  7. 1 Tb. brown sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 6 slices baked ham, diced
  10. egg, optional
Instructions
  1. Bring milk and water to a boil in a medium saucepot over high heat.
  2. Add grits, whisking continually.
  3. Lower heat, and cook for 5-6 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  4. Add cheese, and stir until melted.
  5. While grits are cooking, heat butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add apples to butter, and saute for 1-2 minutes or until slightly softened.
  7. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over apples and heat for an additional minute. Remove from heat.
  8. Heat a second nonstick pan over medium heat.
  9. Fry pieces of ham on both sides until golden brown.
To assemble
  1. Divide grits among 3 or 4 plates.
  2. Top each with apples and ham.
  3. Cook egg to order and add to plates as desired.
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